Bassline & Statue of Brenda Fassie

Bassline originally opened in 1994 as a small, live music venue founded by Brad Holmes in the bohemian suburb of Melville. It rose to prominence as the ultimate venue at which to experience South Africa's finest jazz and Afro-beat, and branched out by featuring poetry readings and funk jam sessions. It was a home for all musicians and jazz fans.

The original Bassline closed in 2003 and was resurrected in 2004 in the old Newtown music hall as a 1 000-capacity concert venue with an intimate 150-seat performing space, both with top-of-the-range sound.

Bassline has become an institution amongst music fans. In its 15-year history, Bassline has hosted over 3 000 concerts featuring many of Africa’s most famous stars and world music icons as well as most music acts that have emerged in South Africa since the 1990s. Stars such as Vusi Mahlasela, Zim Ngqawana, the late Moses Molelekwa, Paul Hanmer and Jimmy Dludlu started their illustrious careers here. Bassline also provides rehearsal facilities for many artists.

In 2009, Bassline entered into a partnership with the 'African Synergy' network, through which bands from all over the African continent are regularly featured, and a number of arts development programs have been established. Bassline has grown to become a major concert production house in South Africa.

In front of Bassline is a life-size bronze sculpture of legendary songstress Brenda Fassie by artist Angus Taylor. This was created in 2006 as part of the Sunday Times Heritage Project to mark the 100th year anniversary of the newspaper.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Johannesburg has been rebuilt four times in the span of one century? First, it was a tented camp, then a town of tin shanties, then of four-storey Edwardian brick buildings and finally, a city of modern skyscrapers.